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Maynard Street Transactions:
Excavating for the Truth

Jack Newfield, New American
Library, New York, 1966.
THE NEW LEFT, according to
past SDS president Carl Ogles-
by, is working for a world where
"love is more possible." To Jack
Newfield, a charter member of
Students for a Democratic Socie-
ty, the new breed of radicals "has
and always will have, only a
fraction of the whole truth, but
it is the fragment glimpsed by
this generation."
Thus he calls them the "pro-
phetic minority," a rag-tag collec-
tion of under-25 youths political-
ly wedged between NSA-liberals,
and the Progressive Laborites,
whose "ideology is violent, undem-
ocratic and bureaucratic." Consist-
ing primarily of SDS and SNCC,
the New Left has only the vaguest
ideology, a nebulous program and
undefined constituencies.
For Newfield, intent upon pig-
eon-holing political stances upon
a left-center spectrum, the New
Left presents a problem in cate-
gorization solved only by placing
its members in a context where
they stand out in contrast to the
Romantic Left (Staughton Lynd),
the Hereditary Left (DuBois Clubs
and Progressive Labor), Social
Democrats (Bayard Rustin, Mur-
ray Kempton) and Humanist Lib-

erals (Nat Hentoff, I. F. Stone).
Newfield decides the new radi-
calism is too "pluralistic, amorph-
ous and multilayered" to be typed
as a particular offshoot of the
1930's radicalism. He instead em-
phasizes the political, moral and
existential components of the
movement as they are expressed
through action rather than ideol-
The appalling anti-intellectuil-
ism and a-historicism of both SN-
CC and SDS rank-and-file is an
incredible revelation, especially in
light of their rich historical and
ideological tradition. This un-
learnedness is perhaps the great
source of the New Left's ability to
remain relatively flexible and free
of dogma and the deification of
old leaders and old causes that
have stultified other movements
of the far left.
morphoses that young left orga-
nizations undergo with astounding
rapidity. Newfield describes four
SNCC's which have arisen since
1960-from the religious-oriented
to the rural community organizers
to the "image of Camus' existen-
tial rebel" that was shattered by
the murder of Goodman, Schwern-
er and Chaney and the ouster of
the Freedom Democratic Party
from the Dem's 1964 national con-
The latest incarnation reflects
the nationalistic "black power"

bitterness of Stokely Carmichael.
Newfield predicts "a long season
in hell" for SNCC as the Klan,
HUAC, the press, unions, moder-
ates and Uncle Tom hounds it. But
his own portrayal of the resilience
of the movement shows that SNCC
may overcome its present infatua-
tion with marytyrdom and evolve
into some new, unforseen form
capable of radicalizing the rest of
the civil rights movement.
SDS is another case in point.
Tom Hayden, one of the founders,
who is avoiding his own myth in
a slum project in Newark, recent-
ly told a newsman he was "sur-
prised they had lasted this long."
SDS has no doubt been given a
life-extending transfusion by the
war in Vietnam, HUAC and anti-
draft sentiment among predom-
inantly middle class college stu-
dents. With its pacifist bent and
refusal to take an ideological po-
sition in opposition to anti-Com-
munism, SDS has often been cri-
ticized by would-be friends as too
uncompromising and morally ab-
solutist to attain its political goals.
But SDS ideology, largely a
loosely-defined commitment to
"participatory democracy," may be
undergoing a change through the
influence of such political prag-
matists as past executive secretary
Paul Booth. The coalition of SDS
and more centrist groups for the
1965 march on Washington, and
the foundation of Radical Educa-
tion Project and Conference for

New Politics all point to a willing-
ness to compromise on some issues
in order to achieve ends.
"ANTI-establishmentism." out of
which all radicalism in America
grows, begins with a transcend-
ental idea of man in society, man
in relation to his fellows. The be-
lief in the inherent goodness of
man and his ability to overcome
the fetters' of his institutions is
a fundamental motivation of the
radical commitment.
America is receptive to radical
influence but vastly muffles its
impact because radicalism shares
the basic American values of
equalitarianism and freedom of
opportunity. The apocalyptic vi-
sion of the New Left may, as
Michael Harrington writes, "even-
tually . . , radicalize the main-
stream of society and take over
the often 'unprophetic burdens of
adult leadership," but it will do
so only indirectly.
The impact of SDS and SNCC
lies in forcing liberal and conserv-
ative ideologues to face the fact
that America has, in reality, aban-
doned her revolutionary past. Mid-
century America blighted the lives
of her black citizens, bureaucra-
tized education, made a value out
of militarism, denied political self-
determination to other nations and
divorced ethics from everyday life.
MOVEMENTS are not built on'

desire alone and the New Left's
biggest shortcoming is its dearth
of program. With its pluralist
membership and aversion to hard
ideology, SDS has difficulty in de-
veloping a sense of direction that
reaches coherently beyond the
demonstrations and polemics.
The flexibility and persistent
change that Newfield notes shows
that the radical young men and
women are searching for a form
uniquely their own on which to
bind their energies. Newfield sees
the increasing willingness of SDS
to question the reliance on such
slogans as "participatory democ-
racy" and such tactics as demon-
strations as signs of a maturing
political consciousness.
Newfield warns of two pitfalls
awaiting the New Left: a rising
tide of McCarthyism engendered
by a war hysteria and the "cul-
ture's spongelike genius for either
absorbing or merchandising all
dissent." Of the two, the latter
seems more deadly because the
danger comes from within and
works subtly and insidiously. Eith-
er a satisfaction with half-achiev-
ed gains or a "turn-on, drop-out"
sense of futility could work to
destroy the New Left internally.
SDS and SNCC must not shut
themselves off from fertile new
ideas and new membership in a
paroxyism of bitterness against
"the system." The mainstream of
American politics needs a radical


TjHE SITE at 325 Maynard St. is de-
molished, but an air of mystery hov-
ers over it.
The financial transactions surround-
ing the site's purchase from the Uni-
versity are suspicious, with several un-
answered questions remaining. These de-
serve serious examination by responsi-
ble University officials and by the Uni-
versity community.
JACOBSON STORES, INC., located at 311
Maynard St., wanted land on which
to expand its store. On Dec. 21, 1962, the
University decided to sell its 325 Maynard
St. property-it housed part of the music
school, which was being moved to North
Campus. So the University sought to sell
the land by seeking public bids.
In January of 1964 the University plac-
ed advertisements in local newspapers
announcing public bidding for the site.
In the meantime, on Feb. 2, 1963, Realtor
John C. Stegeman had formed the "Wood-
mere Corp." He says the company was
formed "to purchase and put together a
parcel of land for Jacobson Stores, Inc."
-the land Jacobson wanted for its ex-
After the University's advertisements
appeared in January of 1964, Stegeman
submitted a bid for the Maynard St. prop-
erty of $161,500 "in behalf of a corpora-
tion to be formed." On Feb. 11, 1964, the
University opened all the bids it had re-
ceived for the property, and Stegeman
was announced as the winning bidder.
That same day, Stegeman asked the Uni-
versity if he could reduce his bid to $135,-
000; the University refused. Vice-Presi-
dent for Business and Finance Wilbur
K. Pierpont recommended to the Regents
that they accept Stegeman's original
$161,500 bid.
Then, however, Stegeman declared that
he { had discovered he would be unable
to make good on the bid because he was
having difficulties financing it.
SO THE UNIVERSITY then allowed
Stegeman to withdraw his bid. He
therefore forfeited a bond of $8,075 he
had posted to guarantee his bid. The Uni-
versity allowed Stegeman to withdraw
despite a statement in its public notice
of the bidding, which declared: "With-
drawal of any proposal is prohibited for
a period of 30 days after the time set for
opening of proposals (i.e., March 13,
After Stegeman withdrew - sometime
between Feb. 11 and Feb. 27, 1964-.
Pierpont recommended to the Regents
that they instead accept the next-high-
est bidder's offer: $121,750, submitted by
Donald Parsons of Detroit.
On Feb. 27, 1964, Stegeman's "Wood-
mere Corp." became "Stepar Investments,
Inc." by filing the appropriate docu-
ments with the State Corporation and
Securities Commission. According to
Stegeman, "Parsons and I were 50-50
partners in Stepar. The name 'Stepar"
represented Stegeman and Parsons."
Also on Feb. 27, 1964, the Regents at
their regular monthly meeting accepted
Pierpont's recommendation that Parsons'
bid be accepted. In the spring of 1965,
the University approved the transfer of
its formal land contract-which sold the
325 Maynard St. property to Parsons -
from Parsons to "Stepar."
On March 30, 1967, "Stepar" made its
final payment to the University for the
property, and a day later, "Stepar" sold
the property to Jacobson Stores, Inc.
One of the Regents present at the Febru-
ary 27, 1964, Regents \meeting at which

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Parsons' bid was accepted was William
McInally-then secretary and a diector
of Jacobson Stores, Inc.
THE UNIVERSITY defends its part in
the transactions by pointing out that
"Parsons' bid plus Stegeman's forfeited
bond brought the price to almost 30 per
cent more" than the independently-ap-
praised value of the land.
The argument is specious and irrelev-
ant for several reasons. First, including
Stegeman's forfeited bond in the compu-
tation is apparently the result of an im-
plicit assumption that the forfeited bond
can be called part of the sale price of
the land. This may be good accounting,
but it is bad common sense. The sale
price alone should pay for the land's value
~-not the sale price and a forfeited bond.
Or does the University mean to imply
that Parsons and Stegeman were, in-
deed, paying jointly for the land?
Second, whether or not the price re-
ceived from Parsons-$121,750-is "ade-
quate" is not at issue. A more valid ques-
tion is whether the University got as
much for its land as it possibly could
have under more straightforward cir-
cumstances. And that question probably
should be answered in the negative.
THE ISSUE is more than just getting
the best possible price for land (al-
though it is clear that the University fail-
ed to do this). Is it not the b'est possible
procedure for the University, when the
highest-bidder withdraws, to re-open bid-
Vice-President Pierpont notes that not
reopening bids is legal, but it seems
clear that reopening bids would be the
wisest procedure under the circumstanc-
es. It is regrettable that the University
chose not to follow this procedure. In-
deed, it even abandoned its stated deci-
sion not to allow any withdrawals until
March 13, 1964 (30 days after the bid
opening), when it let Stegeman withdraw
at a much earlier date (Feb. 27) --
thereby giving Parsons his opening.
Thus a number of serious and disturb-
ing questions remain unanswered:
" The University declared that it would
not allow bid withdrawals until March
13, 1964-well after Vice-President Pier-
pont allowed Stegeman to withdraw. Why
did Pierpont allow Stegeman to with-
* Stegeman and Parsons had a clear
and distinct business relationship. The
first-highest bidder, Stegeman, with-
drew to form a company with the sec-
ond-highest bidder, Parsons - thereby
saving himself $31,700 (the difference be-
tween his $161,500 bid and the sum of
Parsons' $129,750 bid and the $8,050 for-
feited bond). Why didn't Pierpont re-open
bidding in view of Stegeman's withdraw-
al from bidding? Is it wise and proper to
sell land at an auction when the first-
highest bidder withdraws to form a com-
pany with the second-highest bidder?
Are Stegeman's actions proper?
" Regent William McInally, since de-
ceased, was, at the time of the Univer-
sity's decisions about the 325 Maynard
St. property, an officer of the company
which very much wanted to buy it. What
is the wisdom and propriety of the bid-
ding in view of this fact?
AS THE UNIVERSITY'S chief financial
officer, Vice-President. Pierpont has
worked long and diligently. There is no
questioning his competence; there is no
questioning his integrity. He deserves the
thanks of the entire University com-
munity for his careful and irreproach-
able management of the University's fi-

But the above questions have not been
answered. They inevitably breed suspi-
cion and doubt. Such evidence as has
been discussed appears to be only circum-
stantial. But, as Thoreau said, "Some
evidence is very strong, as when you find
a trout in the milk." It is up to Vice-
President Pierpont, Mr. Stegeman and Mr.
Parsons to make a full explanation.

A Dead C-Plus Scroll: The Words of Ibid

The following is an address
given at a banquet honoring re-
tiring Prof. James K. Pollock of
the political science department.
Professor of Political Science
Being a fragment of the Book
of Tubal, unearthed in the
Dark Recesses of the Blue Front
Cave by the notorious political
archaeologist, I. Claudius:
VERILY, brethren, I say unto
thee, he that putteth in no
input, the same receiveth no out-
The prophet, Tubal, rose up and
spake: "He that eateth and drink-
eth until midnight, and fighteth
and carouseth until daybreak, yea,
verily, there shall be no sleep for
him that night.
"He that suppeth with psychol-
ogists, and breaketh bread with
economists, and drinketh with so-
ciologists, the same shall promote

inter-disciplinary cross-steriliza-
IBID BEGAT op cit and op cit
begat loc cit. Loc cit begat ipse
dixit. So be it.
Thus saith the prophet, Ibid:
"Yea, verily, he that procrastin-
ateth, the same shall be late. And
there shall be weeping and g-
nashing of teeth.
"He that publisheth not. the
same perisheth. He that citeth an-
other in friendly footnote, the
same shall be quoted in turn. To
him that writeth a critical review,
it shall be said, 'Judge not, that
ye be not judged.' He that re-
searcheth unceasingly shall gain
everlasting tenure, and all the
fringe benefits appertaining there-
"Behold! He that coktaileth and
highballeth, dwelleth in the spir-
its. Let every man look to his
own spiritous life.
"Blessed is he that surveyeth

and computeth, for unto him shall
be granted. Blessed is he that sim-
ulateth, for his conceptual frame-
work shall cover a multitude of
sins. But woe unto him who hath
no model, who hypothesizeth not,
and whose only rigor is mortis, for
he shall be cast into outer dark-
AND NOW abideth teaching,
service and research. But the
greatestuofthese is research.
And Tubal declared to the as-
sembled multitude, he whose cup
runneth over, the same should sip
with care.
Thus spake the prophet Ibid:
"Woe unto him that committeth
not, for he shall be unpleasing in
the sight of the Dean. From his
majestic throne in the Hall of the
Angells, the Great Jehaber pro-
claimed: 'Thou shalt have no oth-
er deans before me, and very few
"Blessed be the name of the
Ford. He that buildeth his center

upon a foundation of Rockefeller
shall endure, though the winds
blow and the rains fall and beat
upon that center. And manna from
Carnegie will flow unto him, like
the dews of Hermon that ran down
upon Aaron's beard, even unto
the hem of his garment. He shall
dwell in the land of milk and
money, and his research assistant
shall rise up and call him Guggen-
heim. Blessed be the name of the
"He that flyeth from coast to,
coast, and consulteth hither and
yon, and conferenceth in the out-
ermost parts of the earth, and
symposieth in every tabernacle of
learning-when professeth he?"
"Consider the jet prof, how he
goes. He keepeth his passport re-
newed and his credit cards ready
to hand. He consorteth with all
manner of travel agents. He read-
eth memoranda in airports and
writeth reports on runways. Yea,
he sippeth and suppeth in the
heavens above the earth, and

thinketh lofty thoughts. Hosanna,
a multitude of the heavenly host-
esses shall call his name."
And the prophet cried out in
the wilderness, saying: "Oh, ye
pharisees and Assistant Professors,
ye men of short bibliographies and
little faith, I declare Unto three
-he that tooteth his own horn,
the same shall not be tooted."
AND IN THE fullness of time,
the voice of the University spake
unto James K. Pollock, saying:
Behold, thou good and faithful
Thou hast filled the chair beyond
Wisdom hast thou dispensed,
poorly recompensed.
To University, state and nation
hast thou given advice and
And scholarship profound has
made thy name renowned.
Praise and honor is thy due.
Well done! Well done!



Letters:* Conference Flap' Was Unavoidable

To the Editor:
THE "FLAP," as Mr. Ra
(April 1) calls it, over th
conference for Presiden
Robben Fleming last Frid
not a result of it being"
planned" as Mr. Firshein
(April 2).
The Deans' Conference
was selected for the newsc
ence because it is familiar
for the media and for tho
must light it and provide
sources for radio and TV
news conference was to be r
ed to news media. A faculty
was to meet with Mr. T
Friday morning. A student
ing scheduled for Saturday
ing was declared open to a
dents who chose to attend
morning Friday, Mr. Flemi
ed, that the news confere
Adequate space was provi
news media. If SDS-Voice h
arrived with its full comp
the room would have bee
quate for spectators, too.
THE NEWS conference
have been held in Hill A
ium and the "flap" would n
been avoided. The SDS-Voi
dents and non-students w
tent upon disruption when
had an opportunity for publ
It's an old pattern. The
bility was anticipated, andr
pressed concern was that t
ment would be taken by the
as representative of the
body. It isn't. The news
present understood that.
-Jack Hamilton
Assistant to th
University Rela
To the Editor:
IT WAS WITH considerat
appointment that I rea
Klempner's article concerni
Interfraternity Council's i
gation of Fraternity Buyers
ciation in last Tuesday's Daf
Rather than the IFC bein
tantly negligent" in its furs
it is a case of Mr. Klempn
ing blatantly ignorant of th
in this matter. To mentio
IFC has had a reluctance t
uate and criticize their own
ization," and has forfeited
duties of leadership" is pers
offensive not only to myself
my fellow IFC officers, an
rmnfltfl- l a nnr n p fh°

he news
t - elect
ay was

done on such things as a joint so-
cial program with IHA and a pro-
gram on WCBN, only to mention
a few.

"poorly THIS YEAR'S Executive Offi-
states cers are fully aware of where their
responsibilities lie. They are par-
Room ticularly aware of where their res-
confer- ponsibilities lie with regard to the
ground FBA.
se who What Mr. Klempner fails to
power realize is that FBA is already a
V. The great benefit to individual frater-
estrict- nity houses, saving them approxi-
y group mately $60,000 a year (according
'leming to FBA figures). Charging that it
meet- is an organization that works for
morn- the benefit of the local merchants,
fy stu- is a completely ill-founded state-
,. Mid- ment.
ng ask- However, it is IFC's contention
nce be that a co-operative organization
such as this should be utilized to
ded for its maximum to increase savings
had not in its present areas of operation
lement, and expand into other services
n ade- that can possibly save fraternities
and other student organizatinos
money. The sole purpose of our in-
could vestigation is to make sure FBA
uditor- does just that.
ot have The critical remarks lodged
ce stu- against IFC cannot be applied to
ere in the direction of the current ad-
Icityh ministration's programs and poli-
lii-. cies. To make derogatory remarks
myi ex - without examining the facts, to
yis ele- quote completely out of context
media and even mis-quote (as was done
studedntin the Daily article), to completely
stmedia undercut the progressive programs
of student organizations on this
campus is not an example of res-
ponsible journalism.
e The IFC always has and always
for will gladly accept constructive cri-
ations ticism. However, it is unfortunate
that our Daily, when confronted
FBA with a complex and delicate ad-
ministrative problem, chooses the
axe rather than the surgeon's sca-
le dis- pel.
d Ron -William C. Sage,
ing the Executive Vice President
nvesti- Interfraternity Council
' Asso-
ig "bla- Fore!
ictions, To the Editor:
aer be- WISH to take exception to your
e facts editorial of April 1, in which
n that you argued that the green fees on
o eval- the Radrick Farm course should
organ- be reduced and the course opened
d their to students.
sonally This course has been developed
but to with the understanding that it,
d is in together with future additions,

jor universities we have no fac-
ulty center and there is no real
prospect of acquiring one.
AS FOR the obligation of this
school to build recreational facili-
ties for the students, this seems
amply fulfilled. There are a num-
ber of major universities in this
country (Harvard, Berkeley, and
UCLA, among others) that offer
no golfwcourse to the students, and
I know of none that offers two
golf courses for the use of stu-
Thus it is against the interests
of the student body as a whole to
change the policiesaat Radrick
Farm since such changes would
diminish the usefulness of that
property, given its primary func-
tion as explained above.
-J. M. E. Moravcsik
Assoc. Professorsin Philosophy
Flaming Operetta
To the Editor:
letter of March 28 has reveal-
ed what an erroneous view of the
Flaming Creatures Scandal I had
formed as a result of the Daily's
"juvenile" coverage of the affair:,
Members of Cinema Guild, dis-
regarding a Vice-President's ad-
vice-" If you wish to succeed as
a (showman), you'll need
To consider each person's auri-

What is all right for B would
quite scandalize C
For C is so very particular) "-
dare to present a film that by
chance was 'imported from
A sergeant from the city, de-
claring that "a policeman's lot is
not a happy one," becomes so un-
comfortable while viewing certain
improper scenes that he orders the
film seized and four Guild mem-
bers loaded with chains and drag-
ged off to a dungeon cell.
THIS, ELICITS a statement
from the President, who obviously
believes "it is one of the happiest
characteristics of this glorious
country that official utterances
are invariably regarded as unans-
. The College of Engineering joins
him in chorus
"The Law is the true embodiment
Of everything that's excellent."
Meanwhile, our hapless students
are hauled into court where they
"But youth, of course, must
have its fling,
So pardon us,
So pardon us,"
and the Judge acknowledges in re-
"That youth at us should have
its fling,
Is hard on us,
Is hard on us."

Now the campus tensely awaits
the verdict:
"How beautifully blue the sky,
The glass is rising very high,
Continue fine I hope it may,
And yet it rained but yesterday."
Well, "my pain and my distress,
I find it is not easy to express."
Through reading the Daily I had
conceived the whole affair as a
comedy. It was not until I read
Professor Powers' mature and ex-
hausitve analysis, from his learn-
ed just where to place the blame
of immaturity, juvenility, and
good faith, and finally discovered
where "the real responsibility for
this tragedy rests squarely" that
the true and tragic nature of the
whole deplorable Scandal hit me
with all of its seriousness and
formed a service by his letter. And
at the same time he has answered
another quesetion that has plag-
ued the minds of contributors and
readers of the Daily's Letter Col-
lumn for several weeks. Is it pos-
sible for anyone now to suspect
the existence of even a touch of
levity in the College of Engineer-
Begging Gilbert's pardon,
--W. Craig Wilde, Grad.
Who Shall Rule?
To the Editor:
Friday, March 31st edition of
the Daily, SGC President Bruce
Kahn was quoted as stating, ".. .
I still feel that SGC should be the
body with the final authority in
the area of individual conduct
rules, subject only to Regental ve-
to." I cannot understand how he
can make this statement and jus-
tify it in light of his rejection of
the right of the Vice-President of
Student Affairs to administer the
same veto that the Regents have
delegated to him.
Can he offer an explanation?
-Marvin J. Freedman, '67
To the Editor:
I OBJECT TO WHAT seems like
newspaper censorship here-
abouts. A University co-ed was ab-
ducted on South State Street, and
then raped by four men. It is be-
lieved the same four-man group
bumped into the rear of a car in
Ypsilanti on purpose, and ab-

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